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Natalie Portman Breaks Silence On Kanye West's 'Re-Emergence' Of Anti-Semitism

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on December 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST

Natalie Portman is joining the list of celebrities speaking out in light of Kanye West's recent promotion of anti-Semitic rhetoric.

As you might know, the rapper started the month of December on a super controversial note when he reignited his anti-Semitic tirade during an interview with alt-right radio show host Alex Jones on December 1.

Ye, as he is now known, declared his immense love for dictator Adolf Hitler while making offensive remarks about the Jewish community that even shocked Jones.

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Natalie Portman Sends 'Extra Love' To Jews Amid Kanye West Controversy

Over the weekend, the "Thor: Love and Thunder" star took to Instagram to lend a voice to the Jewish community while also shutting down anti-Semitism. She released a lengthy statement that began, "Seeing the re-emergence of antisemitism makes my heart drop."

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Natalie Portman at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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The two-time Golden Globe winner continued, "This hatred must be combated with boundless love for each other. Today, I send extra love to my fellow Jews. And I send love to all those standing with us against these violent words and actions."

Portman got candid about how she felt about the anti-semitic rhetoric being passed around, calling it "painful and frightening to listen to." She concluded her statement by writing, "I'm extremely grateful to those who continue to speak up against antisemitism with us, and against all forms of racism," before signing off with her full name.

The post received an outpouring of love and support from fans and colleagues, with comedian Amy Schumer writing, "Thank you." Actress Kat Fischer added, "Love you."

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Portman didn't stop at her post, taking to her Instagram Story to share a New York Times article with the headline, "Hate Speech's Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find," and a picture of the social media platform's new owner Elon Musk.

She captioned the Story, "These numbers are horrifying. This is not freedom," while urging her fans to read the article. She also reposted President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' messages about antisemitism. POTUS, in a tweet from his official account, wrote, "I just want to make a few things clear: The Holocaust happened. Hitler was a demonic figure. And instead of giving it a platform, our political leaders should be calling out and rejecting antisemitism wherever it hides. Silence is complicity."

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Natalie Portman on antisemtism

As for Vice President Harris, she wrote, "Praising Hitler and denying the Holocaust is vile, appalling, and must be condemned. Our administration will continue to stand up against antisemitism and the epidemic of hate."

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Ye Sees 'Good Things' In Adolf Hitler

Portman's recent statement is no doubt in response to the shocking remarks Ye made during his interview with Jones. As The Blast reported, the "Donda" rapper expressed praises for the German dictator, crediting him for many innovative creations.

In his words, "I see good things about Hitler. I love everyone and Jewish people are not going to tell me: You can love us and you can love what we’re doing to you with the contracts, and you can love what we’re pushing with the pornography."

He continued, "But this guy that invented highways and invented the very microphone that I use as a musician, you can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything good. I’m done with that. Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler."

Ignoring all possible fact-checking that proves Hitler didn't in fact, invent microphones or highways, the Yeezy founder proudly declared to all, "I like Hitler," while bashing the Jewish media for making the world "feel like Nazis and Hitler have never offered us anything of value to the world."

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The rapper even went ahead to brag about making antisemitism popular. "No one in high school knew what antisemitic meant until Ye made it popular," he boasted. Following the controversial comments, several celebrities reacted, including Josh Gad. The comedian was anything but pleased as he took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

"It’s not what Kanye West says that scares me. It’s that he has 30 million followers who listen to his insanity on top of a cheerleader in the form of the current owner of this platform. No one who says ‘I love Hitler’ should be allowed any oxygen on any social platform (period)," he wrote.

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